Monday racing best bets – Tips for Lingfield, Fakenham and Wolverhampton
Horse racing tips and best bets on Monday 4 January 3, 2021
We look over Monday’s fixture list of horse racing action and pick out our fancies for the day’s meetings. We’ve got Monday racing best bets for the best of the action.
A low key Monday kicks off a new week of horse racing action with just one jumps racing fixture joining two meetings on the all-weather as the first full week of racing in 2021 gets underway.
Fakenham hosts Monday’s sole jumps racing meeting, while the day’s all-weather racing comes from the cards at Lingfield and Wolverhampton with the latter unfolding under the floodlights. In all 24 races will unfold across the day’s meetings and we’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets and fancies for the best of the day’s racing action.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR LINGFIELD, FAKENHAM & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:10 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 1m
NOBLE QUEEN ran out a ready winner at Chelmsford two starts ago, beating Lady Morpheus by two lengths and Ed Walker’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Noble Mission mare finished runner-up on her only previous start at this venue last February and having looked in need of the run on her reappearance on turf in September she showed improved form in a first-time hood to get off the mark next time.
That form has taken a few knocks but she showed the victory to be no fluke when finding only a couple too good next time where she possibly wasn’t suited by the sharper test.
However the winner has gone on to register two further successes while the fifth also won next time out and she could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet returning to this longer trip and racing from the same mark.
12:55 Fakenham – Wells Next The Sea Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m5f
FRESH NEW DAWN is yet to get off the mark over fences and his jumping isn’t always polished as two unseats in his first two chase starts suggest; but the Flemensfirth gelding could be worth chancing to get off the mark in a poor race having been running better of late and twice finishing runner-up from his last four starts.
Olly Murphy’s charge found only one too good in starts at Kelso and Warwick and he was last seen finishing fourth behind Kilbrew Boy in first-time cheekpieces at Wincanton latest where he was beaten eight lengths.
He’s been dropped 1lb in the ratings following that latest run while this represents an easier grade as he steps into a Class 5 and he looks more reliable than these rivals on recent runs so could be capable of scoring now.
1:10 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 5f
ROYAL BIRTH usually runs well here and the veteran Exceed and Excel gelding was contesting Listed races at the turn of last year, finishing runner-up to Hareem Queen over course and distance in the Hever Sprint Stakes.
Stuart Williams’ charge was ending a losing streak stretching back 18 runs to September 2019 where he was successful at Chelmsford when striking by a nose over the reopposing Ornate over course and distance just before Christmas and while upped 3lbs for that victory he could be worth sticking with to follow up.
Marco Ghiani takes over the reins and his 5lbs claim offsets the rise in the weights he’s been slapped with following his defeat of Ornate and Lihou last time and if in the same mood he can strike again here.
1:25 Fakenham – Fakenham Racecourse Handicap Hurdle (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m4f
NOT A ROLE MODEL has spent his last couple of seasons chasing where he’s met with some success and Sam Thomas’ charge was last seen scoring at Wincanton in November where the Helissio gelding ran out a two lengths’ victor over Buster Thomas.
He won readily that day despite jumping left so he’ll be suited by going this way around and the form of that last run took a boost when the fourth won next time out.
Unexposed back over hurdles he could be well-treated from this rating and if able to replicate the best of his chasing form over the smaller obstacles then he could go close with his rider good value for his 5lbs claim so he looks to hold a solid chance of going in here.
3:50 Wolverhampton – Betway Classified Stakes (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-50) 5f
KYLLUKEY rounded off last term with a win at Chelmsford over this distance, ending a losing streak stretching back eleven months and Charlie Wallis’ charge shaped well on his reappearance over this course and distance following more than nine months off when finishing a close third behind Trouser The Cash last month.
Beaten less than one length on that occasion where he ran on well from the back having been held up he could turn the tables on runner-up Dubai Paradise who reopposes here; but he’s 1lb better off now and he’ll be sharper for his return so he could be worth chancing to exact revenge this time around.
He can race here from the same mark, but he has won from higher in the past and assuming he doesn’t find himself too far back this time around he can get back on the winning trail here.
5:50 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m1½f
A few of these are closely matched on recent form but PRECISION STORM is taken to get back to winning ways and exact revenge on reopposing Richard R H B from their encounter over course and distance two runs ago.
The selection came off worst in that outing, given too much to do but finishing well where he gave the winner 2lbs and he wasn’t seen to best effect back here latest when fifth to Polyphony.
Mark Loughnane’s Dragon Pulse gelding has a 5lbs pull with his old adversary in this latest encounter which could be enough to see him turn the tables on his progressive rival and no surprise to see him get back to winning ways with Richard Kingscote back in the saddle.